Before I applied for the PhD program at the University of Leicester two years ago, my elders graciously agreed in principle to give me three consecutive summer sabbaticals to work on my dissertation. The first summer off was last year, which makes this the second. I have an elders meeting this Thursday and I’ll preach one more time on June 14 (the last Sunday before our Associate Pastor, Ben Falconer, heads to Proclamation PCA), but other than that I will be free of regular pastoral responsibilities. It is a great gift. Taking time to do research and writing is good for my energy, good for my health, good for my longevity in ministry, and, I dare say, good for the church too. They will enjoy hearing different preachers this summer–mainly our Assistant Pastor, Jason Helopoulos, who is an excellent preacher–and they will find me much refreshed when I return to the pulpit at the end of August.
Last summer I allowed a number of extra responsibilities to crowd my sabbatical schedule. So this year my elders are forcing me to do as little a possible, except to spend time with my family, spend time with the Lord, and spend time in the 18th century. To that end they’ve made me cancel a number of speaking engagements and other events I had agreed to over the next three months. My sincere apologies if you were affected by these cancellations. I’m grateful that these men are looking out for me.
In order to have a productive and restful sabbath, my presence on social media will be greatly reduced during the next twelve weeks. You can expect a Monday Morning Humor and one other blog post per week (and the occasional guest post or a dissertation related quotation that seemed too good not to share). I’ll also be less active on Twitter. If I have something to share, I’ll share it. If not, I may go silent for days at a time (oh the horrors!). No one will be worse off for a little less Kevin DeYoung on the internet, and likely no one will be better off for it than me.
I hope you have a great summer. I am going to try hard to make mine great by trying to do fewer things. Rest, read, write, relax with the family. Physical exercise and spiritual exercises too. That’s the plan.